Community Comes Out to Clean & Go Green

On August 3-5, 2010, the Morningside campus became a hub of recycling and reuse, as faculty and staff readied themselves for the start of the 2010-2011 academic year by participating in Columbia University's annual "Clean + Go Green" event. University and community members were encouraged to donate used furniture, electronics, computers, and books at collection points located in front of Lerner Hall, at the Grove, and in the Schermerhorn/Fairchild courtyard. As with previous "Clean + Go Greens," Facilities oversaw the drop-off locations and a Code Shred truck was present on College Walk to facilitate the shredding of paper items.

Approximately 3,640 lbs of cardboard, 9,960 lbs of bulk waste, 9,800 lbs of metal, and nearly 250 toner cartridges were collected. In addition, 37 boxes (totaling 37,000 lbs) of printers, monitors, laptops, and additional computer parts were shipped by Veolia Environmental Services to recycling facilities. This year's event proved to be a win-win for book lovers, who donated and collected an equal number of used books, leaving no surplus items remaining.

Each year, Columbia University Facilities holds "Clean + Go Green" in an effort to keep goods out of landfills and into the hands of recycling agencies. Dumpsters are available across campus, at no cost, for the disposal of large unwanted items. Waste materials are sent to recycling facilities. Through these efforts, when community members clean their spaces, they are also able to "go green" by purging unwanted items in an environmentally friendly way. 

If you missed this summer's "Clean + Go Green" but would like additional information on recycling or need other facilities-related information, please contact Columbia University Facilities' Services Center at (212) 854-2222 or Click here for additional information on Facilities' sustainability initiatives. You can also visit Columbia University's Environmental Stewardship's Web page at